#127 SAS Captain | Mercenary | Political Prisoner | Simon Mann | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Simon Mann is a British former Special Air Service (SAS) army officer and legendary condottiere (not mercenary as often wrongly labelled). Simon trained at Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Scots Guards. On leaving the military, he co-founded the private military company, Executive Outcomes and co-founded Sandline International with fellow ex-Scots Guards Colonel Tim Spicer in 1996, operating mostly in Angola and Sierra Leone. On 7 March 2004, Mann is alleged to have led the 2004 Equatorial Guinea coup d’état attempt. He was arrested by Zimbabwean police in Harare airport, along with 64 other private contractors – branded as ‘mercenaries’. Simon served three years of a four-year prison sentence in Zimbabwe and less than two years of a 34 years and four months sentence in Equatorial Guinea. Simon is now a much-sought-after public speaker and consultant.

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C – Simon how are you Sir?

S – I’m good thanks.

C -You’re in Johannesburg aren’t you?

S – Yep, it’s lovely, normal, no lockdown, it’s lovely.

C – Yeah, wow, I was there when I took my trip to Mozambique, we obviously had to fly into South Africa. We stayed at a lodge in Joburg called Brown Sugar, do you know it?

S – No!

C – Well let me just say, one night in Johannesburg is like one night in Bangkok, just with less girls!…

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#128 Private Military Contractor To Everest | Richie Maybank | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Richie and I discuss his work as a private military security contractor in Iraq, the dangers of partying in Thailand and his summiting Mount Everest.

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Chris and Richie

C – Richie how are you brother?

R – Yeah I’m good mate how are you, thanks for having me on.

C – It’s my pleasure mate, anything about Everest, I’m all ears and I’ve got big enough ears as it is. So when you sent your email to me, it’s fascinating stuff. You spent a lot of time in Thailand I believe?

R -Yeah I was living there, between work in the Middle East and holidaying in the Himalayas.

C – I loved every single minute of being in Thailand, even when I got my nose broken by a Thai doorman.

R – Happens a lot that sort of thing.

C – It was still a great night! Little tip for you there folks, if you ever get mugged in a Thai bar by the bar staff, which they used to do. I’m not sure what it’s like in the modern tourism world there. Rather than trying to fight the bouncer, just go and speak to the tourist police, and they’ll get your money back for you.

R – And you don’t fight one, you fight ten as well.

C – Yes! …

 

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#133 Paras To CIA Asset | Anthony Stephen Malone | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Chris and Anthony

C – Anth, how are you mate?

A – I’m good mate. I’m very good, how is it in your part of the world?#

C – Well, I’m never going to complain anyway! You get one life, if you want to spend it depressed, I’ve done all that shit mate, and I’m not doing it again.

A – You’re right, you’ve got one life and you live it to the full mate, that’s what it’s about.

C – So, first question, is it true that the Royal Marines are better than the Paras?

A – What I’m going to say about that one is the new advertising poster ‘Ready for Anything’ is outstanding! At the end of the day, if you can’t have a bit of banter with fellow servicemen, then there’s something wrong. The Marines respect the Paras and the Paras respect the Marines. So at the end of the day we all get the job done.

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#134 Royal Marine & Army PTI Discuss Endurance Mindset | Chris Thrall & Daz Hardy | Iraq To Ironman

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Chris and Daz

C – Hi Daz, how are you brother?

D – Yep, not too bad buddy thank you.

C – So, first off we should say a big thank you to Claire Vosper for putting us in touch. Hello Claire! For those watching that’s Claire from V-Force who we’re going to be doing some driving with later in the year. Mate, from what I see you’ve been hitting it quite hard.

D – Hahaha, you could say that, it’s been pretty full on, in a pandemic. Basically, doing as much and trying to raise as much money as possible under these difficult circumstances.

C – I had a look at your social media and gosh you’ve been putting yourself through the pain barrier, so go back to beginning, how did all this start?

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# 43 Royal Marine & USMC Veteran React To Each Other’s Training | Combat Arms Channel & Chris Thrall

Who’s training is the hardest, the United States Marine Corps or the British Royal Marines? Former marine Chris Thrall and USMC veteran (Combat Arms Channel) react, respect and discuss.

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‘Hello Friends,

Chris and Theo

C – Theo, how are you brother?

T – I’m good, thanks for having me on.

C – Thanks for coming on, it’s good to chat. and you’re over there in Korea of all places.

T – Yeah I am, but it’s actually getting a lot better here, with the virus situation. The restrictions are getting a better, and it’s getting warmer too. How’s everything over there.

C – Yeah, well we’re still on what you call lockdown, and you know a bit about that. Doesn’t really effect me to much because I work from home anyway and we can get a bit if sun in the garden. Having a military mindset can get you prepared for these situations anyway … ‘

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#42 The PARACHUTE Course PT 2 | Royal Marine & II Squadron Para React | Balloon Jump | RAF Brize Norton

A Royal Marine and a II Squadron RAF Para discuss the British military Parachute Course at Brize Norton, including the infamous BALLOON jump, C130 Hercules and night jump.

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Chris and Graeme

Chris – ‘Hello Friends, and welcome to another episode of Bought The T Shirt podcast, I’m your host Christ Thrall, former Royal Marines Commando. Today I have the pleasure of talking parachuting and skydiving with my good friend down there in Cannes, Australia, Graeme Bint, Graeme how are you?

G – G’day there Chris, I’m excellent, excellent. Yourself?

C – Yes, nothing more needs to be said, I’m always try to be fine to be honest and I usually manage it.

G – You always are mate, it’s always good to be talking to you. Thank you for inviting me back as well …’

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#41 SAS Who Dares Wins | Colin Maclachlan | Special Forces | Celebrity | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

I chat to special forces legend and star of Chanel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins Colin Maclachlan about life in the elite British army regiment and celebrity.

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Chris and Colin

Chris – ‘Hello Friends, and welcome to another episode of the Bought The Tee Shirt podcast, as always I’m over the moon today because I’ve got yet another fascinating guest, a genuinely nice man. This gentleman supported me when I did my 999 mile run from John O Groats to Lands End, it really meant a lot to me and I’m proud to say hello to Colin MacLachlan.

Colin – It’s great to meet you virtually again, over zoom.

Chris – Yeah, and I should say I’m not one that’s big on introductions, but for those that don’t know Colin served how many years in the SAS?

Colin – So I served 18 years in the military. The first half with the Royal Scots, and the second half with the SAS …’

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